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Best Practices to Save Energy Costs

Business 'best practices' are even better than one-time financial incentives, they save big bucks.

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california precipitation landscape and solar solutions Companies have diverse facilities and operations, so "best practices" need to reflect those diverse solutions. Here is a list of some options that have been applied by companies recognized by California's Department of Energy for their "Best Practices" success.

Set standards and specifications that optimize energy efficiency in equipment, operations and physical plant investments.

Design buildings and processes to minimize use of energy.

Conduct energy audits of all existing sites and identify energy-conservation opportunities.

Ensure adequate staffing and funding to implement needed conservation and energy-savings activities.

Promote energy-conservation habits among employees.

Install energy efficient lighting fixtures.

Install motion sensor switches in offices and conference rooms, cutting the amount of power used to light those rooms.

Place exterior lighting fixtures on timer controls.

Install new, more energy efficient motors on machines.

Use variable speed drives on pumps and fans.

Mandate that computers be turned off during non-use periods of two hours or longer

Eliminate non-security exterior signage lighting from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Assign employees to monitor work areas for additional means of conservation.

Sponsor public forums on the energy situation to discuss the origins and remedies for businesses and individual households.

Produce articles published in online newsletter to offer employees suggestions on how they can reduce energy usage at home.

Mail a list of energy conservation tips to clients, encouraging them to reduce their power use.

Urge clients and employees to contact government officials with their input about the energy situation, and provide names and addresses of federal, state and municipal officeholders.

Install skylights in its stores to reduce lighting loads.

Implement an energy management system that automatically regulates energy needs throughout buildings.

Reduce indoor lighting by two-thirds during the day in response to the energy challenge.

Lower thermostats for heat from 68 to 63 degrees, and for cooling from 72 to 78 degrees.

Turn off lights when not in use, especially rooms that aren't used all the time like bathrooms, storage rooms, lunchrooms, and extra offices.

Set copy machines and printers on power saver mode.

Turn off showroom lights during the day to take advantage of natural light.

Use a dimmer light setting at night.

Shut down all computers and unnecessary office equipment at night.

Replace indoor lighting systems with energy efficient lamps and ballasts.

Replace lighted exit signs with LED exit signs, which use less energy than standard bulbs.

Installed room occupancy sensors in many locations to turn off lights and save power whenever possible.

Initiate a program to recognize branches that work to become more energy efficient. These branches receive a window cling to be placed on the entrance door for special recognition.

Implement a solar projectto reduce energy consumption by 20 percent monthly.

Install state of the art lighting upgrades, which will help decrease energy consumption while keeping lighting at optimum levels.

Conduct a "building tune-up" of facilities, ensuring that all possible energy conservation practices are being observed.

Upgrade the HVAC plant and building temperature maintenance systems to energy efficient levels.

To review complete "Best Practices" by each corporation recognized by the Department of Commerce, click here.

Edited by Carolyn Allen, owner/editor of California Green Solutions
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